The Life Cycle Of A Pimple

Updated: Mar 3

Maintaining a clear complexion is never an easy task. One day your face is blemish-free and the next, a bright red pimple is in the middle of your forehead. While there are many reasons why you might be experiencing abreakout, have no fear, I'm here to answer your most pressing questions. Ahead, find out how long it actually takes for a zit to surface, plus what to do when a pimple is ready to pop.

Why Do Breakouts Form?

Clogged Pores: Pimples and breakouts can occur due to the accumulation of debris in a pore. Clogged pores can be caused by a number of culprits, but one of the main factors is excess oil. The oil acts almost like a glue, combining pollutants and dead skin cells in a mixture that clogs the pore. This explains why oily and acne-prone skin types tend to go hand-in-hand.

Excessive Face Washing: Washing your face is a great way to keep your skin’s surface clean, but doing it too often can actually make things worse. If you experience oily skin, it’s important to find a balance when washing your face. You will want to cleanse your complexion of the excess oil but not strip it completely, as this may result in increased oil production. 

Fluctuating Hormone Levels: Speaking of excess oil, your hormones can be to blame for an increased oil production as well. There are several causes for pimples, however most pimples are caused by changing hormone levels. During puberty the increase in male hormones can cause the adrenal glands to go into overdrive causing breakouts.

Lack of Exfoliation: How often are you exfoliating? If you’re not sloughing away dead cells on your skin’s surface often enough, you could be at a higher risk of experiencing clogged pores. Another reason for breakouts is when the pores on your skin become blocked causing a buildup of oil, dirt and bacteria. Sometimes dead skin cells are not shed. They remain in the pores and get stuck together by sebum causing a blockage in the pore. It then becomes infected and a pimple develops.

The Early Stages of a Pimple

Not every blemish has the exact same life span — some papules never turn into pustules, nodules or cysts. What’s m